Presentation on theme: "Communities of Learning in Early Childhood Education. Supporting reciprocal relationships with refugee parents. Dr. Jens J. Hansen & Anna Jo Perry CLESOL,"— Presentation transcript:
Communities of Learning in Early Childhood Education. Supporting reciprocal relationships with refugee parents. Dr. Jens J. Hansen & Anna Jo Perry CLESOL, October, 2008
This presentation focuses on: The varying contexts of refugees; Introducing early childhood education to refugee families; Highlighting the issues with learning stories; The Jigsaw Effect project; Continuing the project: using the visual in supporting refugee families; Where to from here?
The context Who are the refugees? What is the upon arrival programme? What are the TESOL challenges?
Introducing early childhood education to refugee parents A totally new concept for most; Hands-on, experiential learning; Taking up the challenge of new roles and approaches to ECE; Mastery experiences and asking your own questions for understanding ECE and language acquisition.
Learning Stories The traditional format; A new approach to learning stories; Using a visual language; Relating this to language acquisition.
M ultiple perspectives and interpretations Stories are very individual they highlight who we are, our identity; Stories begin from and are interpreted by previous personal experience; Interpreting and assessing without a common language.
The Jigsaw Effect Project What do we actually see? What are photographs? How do we differentiate what we actually see and our interpretation? Do we all see the same thing? An example…
The response… Involving the parents in the story; A partnership of ECE planning which also prompts language acquisition; Relationships.
Thinking about learning stories: creating the best picture Observations Conversations Other agencies Professional and personal knowledge and experience Interactions with other adults and/or children
Implications beyond childrens assessments Their stories are valued Sometimes learner sometimes teacher … An example: Rimas story
Where to from here… What do you see? Differences in what is seen first occur because that reflects what is most important.
Implications A real partnership in ECE and language acquisition; Authentic stories for growing language; The importance of valuing the person; The issues of only one perspective in learning stories; Issues of power in the teaching role.